The Cambridgeshire IVC Blog

This is the official blog where you'll find articles about our events.

Chips and Dips - a winning formula!

Well FREE chips and dips was an absolute crowd pleaser.  We had 12 attend our Club night this evening including two new potential members.  The Castle Inn is a fab and welcoming pub in Cambridge on Castle Street - so easy to get to and you can park in the Council car park next door FREE.  Two things FREE this evening - watch this space, we may do it again!

The Pub Social meeting at Cambridgeshire IVC

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Oh What a Night...

What a night and what a venue, the Tudor Madingley Hall on the outskirts of Cambridge. 30+ IVC members and their guests joined some other groups for a marvellous evening to toast the Xmas season.Madingley - venue for Cambidgeshire IVC Social Club Xmas dinner and dance
By Michael Maggs (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

We gathered for a glass of sparkling wine in the upstairs lounge before taking our seats in the majestic main hall for a fine 3 course dinner. I think everyone agreed the starters were Masterchef Professional standard both in presentation and taste and the main courses ample enough even to satisfy Alan.

Dinner in Madingley Hall at the Cambridgeshire IVC Social Club Xmas Party

After deserts many of the IVC retired to the upstairs lounge for coffee and relaxing conversation with the occasional sojourn to the bar/disco for "a bop".

It seemed everyone was really pleased and had a very enjoyable evening - whatever your tastes.

The only problem is how to top it next year?

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The "Not the Pub Quiz"

This is almost becoming a tradition - a "pub" style quiz - but not in a Pub - just before Xmas.

17 of us gathered at Helens and split into 4 teams. Having picked names such as "The untouchables" and suitably festive "The Reindeers" Helen guided us through the 12 questions for Xmas - and yes we did have one answer for the first, two for the second, three for the third and so on right up to 12 for the final verbal question - and then a bonus picture round. Very well done it was too. Far less controversy than last year thankfully - and no mobile phones in sight.

A fun night was had by all - roll on next year.

and the winner... The untouchables.

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November Photo Assignment Travel - Results

As predicted with nearly a record number of entries for Novembers assignment "Travel" it was a busy night. Lots of good entries including some first timers and also some prospective new members.

Some entries didn't hit the topic at all but there were lots of the shots of interesting destinations and even a few showing actual travel! This of course generated as many different opinions as there were different shots - leading, inevitably, to some light hearted debate.

However, we did get a clear winner, Sarah's Natural Wooded Sculptures shot at Loch Lochy in Scotland

Natural Woodedn Sculptures - Loch Lochy

Second place went to first time entrant Mike with Mirror, Mirror, the Caledonian canal, again Scotland

Mirror, Mirror - Caledonian Canal

Decembers theme is In the Dark of the Night - making best use of those dark evenings. Get your entries in at


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Night Photography Workshop

Nick decided to offer members the chance to learn more about night photography by setting up a couple of digital SLR cameras on tripods on the quayside of my home town, St Ives. It was a beautiful setting to choose because of the ancient bridge over the river, near a market place which has been running for hundreds of years.

I knew I'd found my little group when I saw the silhouettes of half a dozen people chatting and holding fancy cameras and long tripods against the background of the night-lit street in the doorway of a restaurant.

With nine of us, the workshop was a well-attended event, and I noticed that everyone there had submitted photos to the monthly competition at one time or another.  Some are really good at it and have invested in decent cameras because of a long-standing interest in photography.

It didn't matter that my camera was a cheap old digital affair, Nick started off by making a few observations about propping your camera somewhere stable (improvising if necessary), exposure times and using the delay function. The final suggestion means your camera doesn't move under the pressure of your hand while taking the shot. We all had a go, and ended up with a few good pictures we were happy with.

St Ives Bridge, Cambridge IVC Social Club Photography Workshop

Even though we'd all warmly wrapped up, after an hour of standing about in the cold night air, we cheerfully set off for the Oliver Cromwell pub for a drink, before calling it a night. In the pub I looked around at this assortment of lively-minded, genuinely nice people and was pleased to be part of Cambridge IVC.

Cambridgeshire IVC Social Group - in the Pub!

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